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Art, Studio Art, Full Time, Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor (21423)

University of Central Oklahoma
Main Campus - Edmond, OK, 73034

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Job DetailsJob Location Main Campus - Edmond, OKPosition Type FacultyDescription Position open until filled. Priority deadline: February 19, 2021

College Information:

The College of Fine Arts and Design is a center of excellence and innovation for improving and promoting arts education. Founded in 2001, the college combines the experience of Oklahoma’s oldest public educational institution with a forward focus on the significance of the arts in the 21st century. The College of Fine Arts and Design nurtures leadership qualities in its students, expanding the scope and qualities of their career opportunities. The institution’s emphasis on student-centered education enables them to interact and collaborate with over 100 outstanding full and part-time faculty members who are dedicated to developing the artist, scholar, creative professional, educator, citizen, and leader as a whole. Students are able to participate in over 200 performance and visual arts events every year. They display, discuss, and debate their work from a global perspective, and ultimately learn to specialize in their fields. The College of Fine Arts and Design consists of six academic units: the Department of Art, Department of Dance, School of Design, Department of Theatre Arts, School of Music, and the Academy of Contemporary Music. The college boasts specialized accreditations from National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). For further information, please visit

Position Information:

Teaches, advises and mentors students, evaluates student performance, and maintains department and student records in accordance with university policies. Adheres to the educational philosophy of the university. Works in a collaborative manner with colleagues and professional peers. Participates in university meetings that relate specifically to faculty. Serves on department, college, and university committees as requested. Prepares departmental reports as requested. Engages in teaching, service, and scholarly and/or creative activities as defined by the tenure and promotion policy in the UCO Employee and Faculty Handbook.

The Department of Art at The University of Central Oklahoma, a NASAD accredited department, invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in studio art beginning August 2021. The Department seeks a candidate with a strong studio and teaching emphasis in the foundations area, including drawing, figure drawing, color and 2-d fundamentals. The ideal candidate would be able to approach foundations in a contemporary manner while emphasizing strong formal, technical and conceptual skills. This expertise should be reflected in their CV and portfolios.

The successful candidate will teach studio courses in the Department’s core foundations and help strengthen the 2D foundations curriculum while coordinating with other faculty on departmental outcomes. The ability to work collegially with other members of the Department of Art, as well as utilize opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration is highly desired.

This position includes academic, artistic, and service responsibilities in an art program offering a B.F.A. in Studio Art with emphases in ceramics, drawing and printmaking, jewelry and metalsmithing, painting, and sculpture, B.A.Ed. in Art Education, B.A. in Art History and B.A. Arts Administration. It is expected that the candidate maintain an active scholarly/exhibition record while participating in service to the Department, College and University, with a strong emphasis placed on recruitment and retention.

The University of Central Oklahoma is AA/EOE. The University of Central Oklahoma strongly promotes diversity. The department of Art is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities and women.

Qualifications Experience Required:

Teaching, research, departmental/school and university service is expected. An earned terminal degree awarded by a regionally accredited or internationally recognized institution in the field specified in the position announcement (exceptions require Academic Affairs approval). **NOTE** If the terminal degree is not obtained and submitted by the time of employment, the position rank will change to TT-Instructor.


At the time of application, the candidate will hold an MFA with an emphasis in the studio arts. Teaching experience at the college level is required. The ideal applicant will also hold a strong knowledge of contemporary and historical issues in the field and be a practicing studio artist with an active exhibition and scholarly record. A knowledge of basic digital technologies in the context of fine arts is preferred but not required.

Application Procedure:

Applicants are required to submit their application online via and include:

    Cover letterCVArtist statementList of three referencesTeaching philosophy directed towards the foundations course work in the art studioUnofficial copy of graduate transcripts
PDF or links to an accessible website

    20 images of personal work 20 images of student work (from the foundations areas)Image list
If unable to upload requested documents, please send to [email protected]

Physical Demands:

Reasonable accommodations (in accordance with ADA requirements) may be made, upon request, to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


The University of Central Oklahoma prepares future leaders in an opportunity-rich environment, ideally located in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. Central offers an innovative learning community to its more than 17,000 students, where teaching comes first, a commitment seeded in the university's roots as a teaching college. Students at Central develop personal relationships with more than 450 full-time faculty, 450 adjunct faculty and over 850 staff, like 2008 U.S. Professor of the Year, Dr. Wei Chen, who are committed to transforming lives.

With 117 undergraduate majors and 59 graduate programs, Central is a smart investment for students dedicated to their future success. Notable academic programs include Forensic Science, Music Theatre, Mass Communications, Accounting, the region's only accredited Professional Golf Management program, Jazz Studies and the Academy of Contemporary Music at UCO, located in downtown Oklahoma City's Bricktown district.

Central's appealing 210-acre campus is on track to become a certified botanical garden, offering both a pleasing learning and living environment and a source of pride for students, employees and alumni. In fact, Central is ranked among the top universities nationally in residence life and as one of the top universities to work for by the "Chronicle of Higher Education." Central is also an official U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Site, and hosted the 2010 World Sitting Volleyball Championships on campus.   Founded in 1890, Central is the state's first public institution of higher learning, and continues to cultivate creativity and innovation in every corner of campus, bringing to life its core values of Character, Community and Civility each day.

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The University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) exists to help students learn by providing transformative education experiences to students so that they may become productive, creative, ethical and engaged citizens and leaders serving our global community. UCO contributes to the intellectual, cultural, economic and social advancement of the communities and individuals it serves.


UCO will become one of the Top 10 metropolitan universities of our kind in the United States by providing a transformative education as well as development experiences that help learners achieve their highest level of leadership potential.


The University of Central Oklahoma transforms each student by focusing our resources on the Central Six tenets of transformative learning. 

All students will be transformed with:

  • Discipline Knowledge
  • Leadership
  • Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities
  • Service Learning and Civic Engagement
  • Global and Cultural Competencies
  • Health and Wellness

Transformative learning is a holistic process that places students at the center of their own active and reflective learning experience.

About Edmond/Oklahoma City Metro

The University of Central Oklahoma is located in Edmond, a part of the growing, thriving Oklahoma City metropolitan area. At Central, our students, faculty and staff get the best of both worlds - the "small town" feel of Edmond, with the big city excitement of the Oklahoma City metro. Both the Edmond and the Oklahoma City metro consistently rank nationally among the safest, most affordable and most exciting places to live. In fact, Edmond recently ranked among the best places to live in the nation by Money Magazine and Family Circle magazine, and Oklahoma City ranked sixth in the nation for the "Best Places for Young Adults" by From year-round arts, music and theater offering, to exciting sporting events like the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder, to first class shopping, dining and more, Edmond and the Oklahoma City metro offer a diverse, active, culturally enriched lifestyle that's on the move to even bigger and better opportunities.

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